Frequently Asked Questions
The Difference Between Recreational Classes and Competitive Teams
Both recreational and competitive gymnastics programs promote strength, flexibility, endurance, confidence, fitness and fun. While recreational (non-competitive) programs are fitting for anyone, competitive programs usually require an invitation to join after being evaluated by a qualified coach.
Do Team Gymnasts Receive Better Training?
No. Team gymnasts do not receive better training than class gymnasts, but the majority of the time, they do receive MORE training. Most team gymnasts are required to train a minimum of 4 hours a week, while class students often only come 1 or 2 hours a week. The extra training time allows team coaches to focus on extra conditioning and the smallest of details in every gymnastics skill.
Do Team Gymnasts Learn Bigger, Better Skills Than Recreational Class Gymnasts?
No. Both recreational and competitive gymnasts follow the same curriculum and skill progression set forth by USA Gymnastics. Team gymnasts who have learned impressively difficult skills have done so after committing themselves to a gymnastics team program for several years and putting in countless hours of training time.
All class students have the opportunity to learn the same skills as gymnasts on our teams, but must do so while following the proper skill progression. With any gymnast, safety is always the number one priority. Class coaches take into consideration a child’s strength, flexibility, and mental readiness before beginning to teach a new, more difficult skill.
What do I wear to a class?
Please wear stretchy, comfortable clothes and runners with no watches or jewellery. Hair is to be tied back. Some classes may have special requirements so read the details of the class carefully.
How many students are in a class?
Most of classes have have an 8:1, student to instructor ratio. Kids ages 4-6 have 6:1. Teams 10-12:1.
Can I just show up to take a class?
You can just show up to take a class as a drop-in, but letting us know you are coming is recommended. We'd hate for you to arrive only to find the class is full. You may register for just the one class at a time (at the drop-in rate*).
*Drop in class ; (55min.) $30, (85min) $35
What is the difference between Xcel and DP gymnastics?
The biggest difference between DP and Xcel is that where DP has very strict requirements, Xcel's are more relaxed and allow the gymnast more of a range of skills, as well as more room to train and progress at their own pace.
Can I sign up in the middle of a session?
If the class is not full, you can sign up at any time and we prorate tuition accordingly for new students. For some skill classes, enrollment periods are restricted due to showcase performance preparations.
Contact us to find out more.
Does Acrobatic School of Circus Art do performances?
At the end of the semester we have performances where our advanced students showcase their skills.
Can I get a refund on unused classes?
All fees are not refundable, but are transferred in case of illness (missed 3 or more classes when accompanied by doctor’s letter) in the payment of the following workouts.*
* Credits cannot be carried over to the following year/ season.